Joburg Giants Team Squad Players List
The Johannesburg squad for first ever edition of the T20 Global League will be placed at the end of the article here. Johannesburg is one of the cities that was selected to host a franchise and led the Kagiso Rabada’s sharp bowling, they will look to go the distance in this opening season.
Cricket South Africa is the latest cricket board to join the glamorous list countries, with their own T20 leagues. T20 Global League is going to be the first Twenty20 cricket tournament in the country to feature eight franchises, representing eight cities of South Africa. The format of the competition is quite similar to the other popular leagues across the globe such as IPL, BBL, et cetera.
Johannesburg is one of the eight cities, which will be represented in the 2017 T20 Global League. The franchise is owned by the GMR Group, which is already quite well-versed with international T20 leagues. Delhi Daredevils, one of the most entertaining and talented sides in the Indian Premier League, is owned by the very same group. Needless to mention, the GMR Group is now looking to expand its horizons, by investing in cricket franchise in South Africa. Wanderers Stadium is the home ground of this side.
This endeavor by them is likely to bear better results than their pursuit in the IPL. Daredevils often invest in Protean players, who at times, prove to be the best performers in the squad. This may turn out to be a lucky charm for the GMR Group, who will be required to build their roster in the T20 Global League with several local and international players. In fact, Rabada, who was the costliest buy (and the star performer) for the Daredevils this season, is going to be the marquee player for the Jo’burg Giants in the Global League.
Among others who were brought into the Giants squad are hard-hitting batsman Brendon McCullum, who could well lead the Johannesburg side given his experience as the captain of many a team. Colin Ingram’s recent swashbuckling T20 form might not have gone unnoticed and he also makes an entry into the squad,
If fit, Vernon Philander’s presence will add to the bowling resource quality while youngster Andile Phehlukwayo will bolster the lower middle-order. Temba Bavuma and Yasir Shah will want to emulate their Test match successes in the Global League T20, and South African and Netherlands international Roelof van der Merwe will be a much welcome spinning option.
S Sriram, a former India player and a current spin consultant with the Australian cricket team, has been appointed the head coach of the side.
Call it fate or coincidence, but the GMR Group have already landed one of the most impressive and promising bowlers in the T20 format. Soon, they will have another opportunity to select an international marquee players from the likes of Eoin Morgan, Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga.
The tournament is set to take place towards the end of the year, with auctions likely to be conducted a couple of months before. It will be interesting to see the roster they go with, for the maiden T20 Global League. Jo’burg Giants squad team players list 2017 is placed below.
Jo’burg Giants Squad 2017
- Kagiso Rabada
- Brendon McCullum
- Colin Ingram
- Vernon Philander
- Andile Phehlukwayo
- Chris Jonker
- Temba Bavuma
- Patrick Kruger
- Yasir Shah
- Nicolas Pooran
- Duanne Oliver
- Jonathan Vandiar
- Roelof Van Der Merwe
- Andries Gous
- Rabian Engelbrecht
- Dane Piedt
- Andre Malan
- Zubayr Hamza
What will be the Johannesburg Giants’ potential Playing XI for the Global League T20 opener?
Brendon McCullum, Colin Ingram, Patrick Kruger, Temba Bavuma, Nicolas Pooran, Chris Jonker, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, Duanne Olivier, Yasir Shah